Field Experiments (RCTs)

 
Children building resilience…

Children building resilience…

Building Socio-emotional Skills

I initiated this large-scale project in 2012 with the aim of implementing and evaluating two unique educational programs in Istanbul, Turkey. The main objective of these programs is to improve key socio-emotional skills in elementary school children in the classroom environment, thereby offer cost effective policy actions to mitigate the gender and socio-economic achievement gaps observed in many countries. The first program targeted patience and self-control in children; see the evaluation results in “Fostering Patience in the Classroom: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention"

The second program targeted grit and perseverance in children; see the evaluation results in “Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit” 

and in

Mitigating the Gender Gap in the Willingness to Compete: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment”.

Children writing classroom codes of conduct for greeting their refugee friends…

Children writing classroom codes of conduct for greeting their refugee friends…

Mitigating the Social Exclusion of Refugee Children: An Intervention on Perspective Taking

Since the beginning of the Syrian War in 2011, Turkey has received over 3.5 million Syrian refugees, including nearly 1 million children. Syrian refugee children face social exclusion and in-school violence. Socially excluded individuals are less likely to exhibit prosocial attributes. These outcomes may justify even further social exclusion and intergroup violence. This study evaluates a unique educational intervention that aims to facilitate integration. Evaluation results are coming soon. AEA RCT Registry: AEARCTR-0003974.


How to build a curious classroom?

How to build a curious classroom?

Stimulating Curiosity to Enhance Learning

We have implemented a large-scale randomized educational intervention that aims to cultivate and stimulate curiosity in the classroom environment. Evaluation results are coming soon. AEA RCT Registry: AEARCTR-0003957.